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 By Chris DeSouza    News    June 27, 2014

Orlando Jewish community rallies for kidnapped boys

"Hine(y) ma tov u'ma-nayim, Shevet ach-im gam ya-chad," reads the first verse of Psalms 133. ""Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!" As American Jews... Full story

 
 By Uriel Heilman    News    June 27, 2014

American Jews take up cause of missing Israeli teens

NEW YORK (JTA) – The Reform movement posted a prayer. Chabad asked followers to pledge to do a mitzvah. The Jewish Federations of North America set up a Web page to express solidarity. The... Full story

 

Peres visits U.S. one final time

The President of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres, arrived last Tuesday June 24, on a diplomatic visit to the United States of America for what was his final foreign trip as the president of the... Full story

 
 By Hillel Kuttler    News    June 27, 2014

At World Cup, Argentina couple kicking Jewishness into high gear

(JTA) – When Argentina plays its opening-round matches in the World Cup, Mariano Schlez of Buenos Aires will be screaming his support from the stands. But taking in his home country's matches in... Full story

 

The Rebbe's big idea

By Joseph Telushkin NEW YORK (JTA) — Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe, was inarguably the most well-known rabbi since Moses Maimonides. Hundreds of prominent rabbinic figures have lived in the intervening 800 years... Full story

 

Al-Shabaab attacks condemned as Nazi-like

Somali militants who murdered 48 people in a Kenyan village as they watched the World Cup went door to door asking residents if they were Muslim or spoke Somali — and shot them dead if either answer was ‘no,’ witnesses revealed. “They came... Full story

 

Torah walk to Temple L'Chayim's new synagogue

Temple L'Chayim Synagogue is now settled in its permanent home in Clermont. They had a Torah Walk on Friday evening, May 23, and even their oldest member, Millie Altholz, 99, joined in the walk.... Full story

 

The 'beauty' of volunteering

When the L'Oreal (Maybelline) president, Frederic Roze, encouraged all personnel to dedicate Friday, June 13, to volunteering in their local community, Kim Schiller immediately contacted Jewish... Full story

 

Brown's Deli celebrates first anniversary

Brown's New York Deli in Maitland is celebrating its one-year anniversary for the entire week of June 30 through July 6. Kosher reubens (the most popular item on the menu) will be half price all... Full story

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    June 27, 2014

Why the Kurds are a beacon of hope in the Middle East

During the war in Iraq, when I was still living in London and coordinating news coverage of the overthrow of Saddam Hussein for various international media organizations, I was in regular contact with a brave Iraqi Kurdish journalist named Ayub... Full story

 

Life and politics between borders

Life on the borders of cultures has been brought again to the fore in the crisis of three boys. We are seeing how far apart we are from Palestinians who celebrate the kidnapping, compare it to Israel’s imprisonment of their heroes who we see as... Full story

 

Terror-large and small

Today I want to write about the three kidnapped teenagers in Israel. That’s today. However, by the time this is printed, the crisis may well be over, for good or evil. This act, however it plays out, is terror, plain and simple. For the three sets... Full story

 

Ruskay looks back, and ahead

In a rare quiet moment, John Ruskay, who is stepping down at the end of the month after 15 years as CEO and executive vice president ofUJA-Federation of New York, sat in his office on East 59th Street and described his feelings these days as... Full story

 

Members of the tribe

What does it mean to be a member of a “tribe”? I get an inkling during weeks like these, when the majority of the world is consumed by a quadrennial soccer tournament, and a small slice is convulsed over the abduction of three teenage boys.... Full story

 

Europe must fight the tide of extremism

The World Jewish Congress solidarity mission I led to Brussels on June 2 demonstrated an ancient Jewish principle that we at WJC strive to accomplish every day: Kol Yisrael arevim ze le ze – all Jews are responsible for one another. Organized in me... Full story

 

What's Happening - Friday, June 27 - Friday, July 4

MORNING AND EVENING MINYANS (Call synagogue to confirm time.) Chabad of South Orlando—Monday and Thursday, 8 a.m. 407-354-3660. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael—Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m., 407-644-2500.... Full story

 

Inviting Reuven Rivlin back to a Reform synagogue

WESTFIELD, N.J. (N.J. Jewish News) — Over the years, Temple Emanu-El of Westfield, the largest Reform synagogue in New Jersey, has been on the receiving end of public criticism for a variety of reasons. As a newly arrived rabbi in the late-1960s,... Full story

 

Teen heroes: Joe Goldberg encourages Jewish teens to do community service  

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Handing out sandwiches to the homeless in a Washington, D.C. park proved to be a seminal moment for Joe Goldberg. "It was a turning point and opened my eyes to what the world is... Full story

 

Obituary - ARNOLD J. LAZAR, MD

Arnold J. Lazar, MD, age 68, died the morning of June 13, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. He was 68 years old. Dr. Lazar was a practicing obstetrician and gynecologist in Central Florida for 38 years. He received his undergraduate degree in... Full story

 
 By Adam Soclof    Features    June 27, 2014

Should robots count in a minyan? Rabbi talks Turing test

NEW YORK (JTA) - Robots can hold a conversation, but should they count in a minyan? A chatbot at Britain's University of Reading was heralded this week as passing the Turing test, showing a conversati... Full story

 
 By Amy Schwartz    News    June 27, 2014

Roth JCC scores with Amy McCully's tennis program

In January 2013, new Maitland resident, Amy McCully and her husband Kyle, received a postcard in the mail advertising the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando's sports & fitness... Full story

 

Engagement Announcement - Patricia Anna Meyers and Adam Scott Primi

Marci and Jeff Gaeser of Chuluota and David Meyers and Thuy Pham of Pittsburgh, Pa., are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Patricia Anna Meyers to Adam Scott Primi, son of... Full story

 

Scene Around

"Ole', Ole', Ole', Ole'"... As an entertainer, I've been to Brazil (Brasilians spell it with an S) a few times to record and perform. I love the country, the people... everything! My agent, ROBERTO DR... Full story

 

Dutch Jewish broadcaster wins first prize for religious TV

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (JTA)—A Dutch Jewish television channel won the first prize for original production at a festival for religious broadcasters from across Europe. The Hilversum-based Joodse Omroep television station plucked the prize for best... Full story

 

Palestinian village registered as World Heritage site

JERUSALEM (JTA)—The Palestinian village of Battir was named a World Heritage site by UNESCO and put on the List of World Heritage in Danger. UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee on Friday approved the West Bank village, about six miles west of... Full story

 

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